Anti-Abortion Philosophy Lecturer Fired

Stéphane Mercier, the visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium whose courses were suspended recently because of a lecture he gave in which he argued against a right to abortion, has been fired.

According to The Tablet, Mercier “received a letter from the university advising him of his dismissal without giving any reason.”

When the course suspension was announced, one source told me:

The central issue is not whether an instructor should be allowed to teach specific views about abortion. Rather, it is about whether Mercier did so in an appropriate manner. For example: were opposing views presented with a modicum of charity, was the instructor trying to indoctrinate rather than educate, and did the content fit with the course description?

Whether the dismissal was owed to a negative answer to these questions or some other factor is not yet public knowledge.

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